The rise of sharing economies is at its peak in this moment, and companies have taken advantage of the situation to gain more and more customers who are seeking new alternatives of purchase.
Bertrand Joab, Emeric de Waziers and Lars Klein, three friends from England, thought the same thing and created Wingly. This british company is the largest European flight sharing platform nowadays. Private pilots offer their planned flights so that interested passengers can easily book a flight and share it with them. Sightseeing as well as en-route flights are offered on the platform. The pilots do not only share their passion but also the costs of the flights. This gives pilots the possibility to substantially reduce their cost per flight hour and allows passengers to travel cheaply across the country like never before.
With this idea, Wingly wants to democratize private aviation and show the public that aviation in small aircrafts is not reserved to the upper 1% of the population.
How does it work?
Passengers and pilots can meet on the Wingly platafform and the guests can book the final destination and the route. So for example, if you just want to see your nearest and dearest, or watch a beautiful view and landscape, if you want to go from A to B or need a last minute trip, Wingly provides these and all kinds of leisure flights.
The average costs ranging around €150 per flight
The planes used on Wingly are light aircrafts ranging from 2 to 6 seats. There aren’t any commercial flights available, just private ones. Also, the pilot has no obligation to undertake flight if the conditions are not optimal and if the flight is cancelled, the passenger will get fully reimbursed. For example, flights offered on Wingly can be cancelled due to bad weather. As a peer-to-peer activity to share a good time, Wingly has created an etiquette agreed to by both parties before the flight.
The pilots have to have the valid flight credentials and they are positioned by the rating that the users give to them. This makes it easier for passengers to identify a pilot that is trustworthy and for pilots to do the same for passengers they would be eager to take on board with them.